Lot # 440: c.1920’s Babe Ruth Original Type I Photo Used for his Iconic 1928/’29 R315 Baseball Card – Underwood & Underwood – Measures Approx. 6-1/2” x 8-1/2” – Full PSA Type 1 LOA

Category: Photos

Starting Bid: $1,000.00

Bids: 17 (Bid History)

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Item was in Auction "Spring Break Rarities Auction 2019",
which ran from 3/14/2019 4:00 PM to
4/6/2019 7:00 PM

(LOT 440)
c.1920's Babe Ruth Original Type I Photo Used for his Iconic 1928/'29 R315 Baseball Card – Underwood & Underwood – Measures Approx. 6-1/2" x 8-1/2" – Full PSA Type 1 LOA

One of the "hottest" collecting angles in the hobby continues to be capturing original photos used for a player's popular baseball card. Several examples for this spiraling pricing surge are images representing the 1951 Bowman Mantle and 1954 Topps Hank Aaron cards fetching an astonishing $70K+ and $30K+! Additionally, we have seen several Jackie Robinson, Willie Mays, Roberto Clemente Babe Ruth and Mickey Mantle photos linked to their desirable baseball cards either approach or exceed five figures.

That said, we are excited to now offer this extremely rare c.1920's Babe Ruth batting photo that was the EXACT image used for his highly coveted 1928/'29 oversized baseball card. This 6-1/2" x 8-1/2" marvel portrays the classic Ruth swinging pose that has captivated card collectors in their on-going quest for an R315 Ruth subject. Measuring approximately 6-1/2" x 8-1/2", the iconic black & white 'Sultan of Swat" image has eluded any obtrusive flaws over the past 90+ years; still depicting magnificent contrast and crystal clear clarity.

A few stray horizontal wrinkles situated above Ruth's Yankee cap do not negate the awe-inspiring aesthetics of this extremely rare illustration that reminds us of how Ruth's mighty swing elevated him to a pinnacle level during the "Roaring 20's". Similar to virtually all baseball card sets issued during Ruth's illustrious career, the R315 Ruth subject stands as the most desirable and valuable card from that prestigious issue. While the R315 Ruth subject is certainly not rare, finding an original Type 1 image portraying the exact pose for that card is a near-impossible task. This clearly substantiates why this extraordinary "Sultan of Swat" masterpiece resides as one of the most hallowed Ruth photos on the planet, and one that may not surface again for quite some time! - Full PSA Type 1 LOA

MIN BID $1,000


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